When you leave home after high school, seeing the world changes you. Then you go back home to visit your parents and you encounter your old friends -the ones who never left. Or possibly you’re there for a reunion weekend. Whatever, it’s an important time to try to let them know you’ve done well since you’ve been gone. Reconnecting can be fun, but just like high school, it’s all a matter of one-upmanship. J.F. Sargent has a list at Cracked about what you should do. Only it isn’t what you’d expect. As Ron Burgundy said, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Be warned this is like no other Cracked list we’ve posted here before -but that’s all I will tell you.
10-year old Christopher Warner of West Friendship, Maryland loves the rock band Maroon 5. He absolutely adores their work, especially that of frontman Adam Levine. His teacher, Avery Stanert, made a video of Christopher raving about Maroon 5. That video went viral and eventually came to Adam Levine's attention.
Maroon 5 invited Christopher, his mother, and his teachers to attend one of their concerts. They got backstage passes and the chance to meet the band.
The Holderness Family (previously at Neatorama) took the opportunity of a few snow days in North Carolina to make a parody of the song “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. This version laments how inexperienced Southern people are about ice and snow. They use table salt and brooms instead of rock salt and snow shovels. And they had enough time to become obsessed with a certain colored dress. I hope they’ve gotten used to it by now -here in Kentucky, we are expecting another three inches of snow tonight. -via Scott Kreidler
Now isn't she a pretty, pretty princess? I've seen tons of Barbie cakes, but never a kaiju princess like this one. And who wouldn't prefer a Japanese superbabe like this one? We'd better hope she gets a nice present or else this princess might just take down the city.
This image was uploaded by Imgur user CaptainShadow. No word on who made it though.
There are millions of apps available for your digital umbilical cord, er, I mean phone. Some of them push the envelope into the ozone, but people use them anyway. Or do they? maybe they just download them for laughs. Even if I had a smart phone, I would find all these simple to do without. Mike Rugnetta guest-hosts the mental_floss List Show this week.
One food on the list is the avocado, which containts 20 easily absorbed vitamins and minerals. Substituting an avocado for a saturated fat (such as butter or cheese) is thought to reduce risk of heart disease, even without weight loss.
Nutrition per serving (With one avocado being a serving): Calories: 322 Fat: 29.5 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 14 mg Carbohydrates: 17 g Dietary fiber: 13.5 g Sugars: 1 g Protein: 4 g
Preparation Combine the first 7 ingredients, stirring well.
Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spread about 2 tablespoons avocado mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange Simply Roasted Pork slices down center of tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 1 tablespoon salsa, and roll up.
Rocket went from being a misunderstood experiment to the most badass raccoon in the galaxy, and now the Corps can't imagine the Guardians running smoothly without him. He likes hangin' out with trees, building amazing weaponry and blowing stuff up, all things that make him feel at one with the galaxy. But if he wakes up on the wrong side of the starship you'd better watch out, because he packs a nasty bite!
Share your love of intergalactic mammalian adventurers with this Badass Raccoon t-shirt by Mankeeboi, it's one mighty colorful way to show love for team Rocket!
This photograph was Tweeted by St.Ambulance Wens (Ambulance Wish Foundation), an organization that fulfills the last wishes of bedridden terminal patients. The lady on the gurney wanted to visit the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam one last time. The painting is a Rembrandt self-portrait, part of an exhibition of his works on display through May 17. -via reddit
The goblin shark in the YouTube still shot above was found in Australia in January and was donated to the Australian Museum of Sydney. In the video (which can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube link above) Mark McGrouther, the Collection Manager at the museum, shows off the dead specimen, allowing for a close-up view and explanation of its unusual jaw structure, nose and teeth.
To see a video of a live goblin shark biting in the manner explained above, visit this earlier Neatorama postfor that fascinating footage.
St. Paddy's, Saint Patrick's Day, that day when people drink green beer and pretend to be Irish- whatever you call it, and however you celebrate it, one thing's for certain- you don't want to leave the house without the proper gear or you're liable to get pinched!
If you're looking to make a bold statement this St. Patrick's Day then you should head to the NeatoShop and grab a geeky tee or two, or a fun St. Patrick's Day accessory, and celebrate in style!
If you're like most people you'll probably be attending a party on St. Paddy's Day
This is Hulk, a 173-pound pitbull. His owner Marlon Grannon breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire, but he has made Hulk his family pet. While he's not an official record holder, Hulk may be the largest of his kind — he's certainly a massive example of the breed.
In spite of his formidable appearance, Grannon says Hulk is a cuddly sweetheart with all of his family members. He also likes to sing! See the videos below for an example of Hulk's musical stylings, and a profile of him by Barcroft TV. Keep up with Hulk's happenings onFacebook and Instagram, and see a number of adorable photographs of him here.
The passion . . . the lust . . . the cellulite. These romance novel covers are a bit more realistic. Charles Manning, Lauren Ahn, and Kathleen Kamphausen recreated for Cosmpolitan the cover images for 10 bodice-rippers using ordinary people. The couples look very much in love, but we might not want to witness the continuation of their intimate congress.
Content warning: implied nudity that you probably don't want to think about.
YouTube user Joshua Sutherland said his sisters Kaylene and Cindy were visiting their parents who are missionaries in South Africa when a lioness at a drive-through safari park opened the family's car door with her teeth. Hopefully that will teach them to keep the doors locked!
Miss Cellania posted about another 2009 incident at a Johannesburg, South Africa drive-through safari park in which a lion did the same thing. I wonder if it was the same park, and that's the way the pride gets their jollies? Via Tastefully Offensive
Why settle for a piece of furniture that only serves one purpose when you can have a piece that does more functions? That's why over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up nine handy pieces of furniture that can each be used for more than their obvious intended purpose.
There's a bed that can become a desk, a table that's also a wine rack, or a crib that can grow along with the child and eventually turn into a full-sized bed. There's even a table with removable glass panels that can be switched out and used as dishes, vases or other useful options.
You know those little comment cards that businesses would like you to fill out for feedback? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had those for every situation of life? You’ll find comment cards for all kinds of everyday situations in the new book Comment Cards for Life by Derek McCloud.
You could really use a checklist for all the parts of your roommate that need improvement. Or maybe you want to leave a complaint with the neighbor whose dogs bark all night. How about handling out a card to get feedback on your own performance -as a lover, friend, or family member? Keep reading to see some of the many cards available in the book.
Etsy seller lyl393 makes clever use of the elongated characters on Adventure Time by showing them stretched as necklaces. The shapeshifting Jake is, of course, the most obvious choice. But the form also works very well with her depictions of Lady Rainicorn, Fiona and Cake, and Lord Monochromicorn.
In footage from CCTV News China, a breeder at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China attempts to take a panda bear out of her tree, but she resists him until her motion asking for a hug is granted. Via Laughing Squid
Being a big bird who can't fly tends to get you down, and when you spend your days watching your avian kin soar through the sky completely untethered it kinda makes you want to sing a sad song. But Bird knows it's not good to give in to feelings of jealousy and envy, and besides he has plenty of stuff to do on the Street like counting the letters in Sesame, saying his ABCs, and hanging out with a bunch of fuzzy friends who are stuck on the end of somebody's arm!
Add a visual flight of imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this Envy t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, it's totally dreamy!
A bus in Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, pulled over on the side of the road to allow the men to relieve themselves. There was a beehive nearby, and one man thought it would be funny to urinate on the beehive. He convinced several other men to do the same, all at the same time. The bees were not happy, and swarmed out of the hive to sting the first body parts they came to. They also swarmed onto the bus and attacked other riders. Medics attended to 22 people who had been stung on their faces, hands, and penises. One person was taken to a hospital with swelling and a high fever. No word on whether that was the instigator. -via Uproxx
Elski Felson wants to work for Snapchat, the company that makes the image instant messaging phone app of the same name. He faces a challenge familiar to most job seekers: being sufficiently interesting that a hiring manager will actually read his résumé instead of tossing it into the trash.
He could send in a paper résumé. But that won’t stand out from the dozens or hundreds of similar résumés sent in by his competitors. He has to be unique. To do so, Felson made a video résumé with the Snapchat app.
It’s a funny video, but Felson also takes the job application process somewhat seriously. He goes through the job description line by line and illustrates his ability to fulfill it.
He hasn’t heard back from Snapchat. I suspect that the video will open some doors for Felson somewhere. Some prospective employers may be put off by his style, but he probably wouldn’t want to work for them anyway.
Ellie Davies is a UK-based multimedia artist who has been shooting forest landscapes for seven years now. With effects layered onto the images in post processing, the results are full of wonder, evoking thoughts of nymphs, fairies and fantasy.
Visit the artist's website to see more of this series, and follow her on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
Nowadays people are digitizing their entire media collections, so the files can be stored on external hard drives, memory cards and media devices rather than having a bunch of CDs and DVDs cluttering up their lives.
Some of those hard copies we’d rather live without are worth a bundle, but most are pretty much worthless at this point in time, and so they end up being donated or simply tossed out.
Can you guess what animal is cooked in this special sandwich?
The café at the Japanese science museum Orbi Yokohama is noted for its surprising hamburgers, such as one that looks like the Earth. That museum, in conjunction with the nearby Sunshine Aquarium, held an exhibit on poisonous and venomous animals, including frogs. After looking at poisonous frogs, you’re invited to eat a presumably non-poisonous one. You read more about it at Rocket News 24.
What we know as rock ’n’ roll was not born, nor was it invented, in any particular place or time. It evolved out of different music genres that were played by all kinds of people early in the 20th century, most who never recorded their music. Author and photograph collector Jim Linderman wrote a book called The Birth of Rock and Roll that includes many found photographs of the types of musicians who contributed to what eventually became known as rock ’n’ roll music.
“We have this notion that rock ’n’ roll started in Memphis in 1955, and it really didn’t,” Linderman says. “Bob Wills was playing in the ’30s and ’40s in Oklahoma, and Chuck Berry modeled ‘Maybellene’ on a Bob Wills song. The roots of rock go back a lot further than we realize. It came from the church, from vaudeville, from the music played in after-hours clubs, from juke joints. Some of it came from Ireland. It’s such a conglomeration, and that diversity is the real back story of rock ’n’ roll. Without any trouble at all, I was able to include people of all races in this book. I was able to show the melting pot in America, which came together to create this phenomenon.
“I was especially happy to be able to include so many women performers, because they never got their due,” he continues. “Which is why we don’t know who they are now. I love being able to illustrate how broad the music used to be, because now it’s so narrow and pigeonholed. It seems we’ve lost some of the breadth that used to be there.”
It’s been 50 years since The Sound of Music opened in theaters. You know the songs, you might recall the story, and now it’s time to learn a few things about the making of the film. Starring Julie Andrews, it is loosely based on the autobiography of the real Maria von Trapp. And it wasn’t an easy film shoot.
1. Julie Andrews Kept Falling Over During The Mountain Scene.
The opening scene of Andrews twirling on the mountaintop may look effortless, but it was anything but. Not only was it raining and cold throughout production, the helicopter kept knocking Andrews over. “This was a jet helicopter,” she said. “And the down draft from those jets was so strong that every time … the helicopter circled around me and the down draft just flattened me into the grass. And I mean flattened. It was fine for a couple of takes, but after that you begin to get just a little bit angry… And I really tried. I mean, I braced myself, I thought, ‘It’s not going to get me this time.’ And every single time, I bit the dust.”
7. Andrews Kept Giggling During The Love Scene.
When Maria and Captain von Trapp declare their love in the gazebo, Andrews and Plummer had to stand close together and sing “Something Good.” But the romance was interrupted when the lights above them made rude noises that caused Andrews to giggle. “Christopher would be looking into my eyes and saying 'Oh Maria I love you,' and there’d be this awful raspberry coming from the lights above us,” Andrews said. Finally, director Robert Wise turned the lights off and filmed the scene in silhouette.
Just those two tidbits ought to give you something to think about the next time you watch those scenes. The children didn’t fare much better, between growth spurts, injuries, and trauma. Read the rest of the trivia list about The Sound of Music at mental_floss.